8 members of Indian 2011 World Cup squad who retired without a proper farewell
The Indian 2011 World Cup squad has a separate fanbase in India. Each member of that team will always be close to the Indian cricket team's fans' hearts because they created a unique memory for the fans which they will remember their entire life. They won the Cricket World Cup on home soil.
Playing under the leadership of MS Dhoni, the Indian 2011 World Cup squad performed exceptionally well. They only lost a single game in the tournament. Although every member of the squad became a huge star, eight of them have retired without a proper farewell match. Here's a look at such eight cricketers.
8. Captain of Indian 2011 World Cup squad - MS Dhoni
As mentioned ahead, the Indian 2011 World Cup squad played under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. He played a captain's knock in the final match of the competition against Sri Lanka.
Dhoni played two more 50-over World Cups for Team India. The 2019 WC semifinal between India and New Zealand proved to be his final match. He retired on August 15, 2020.
7. Suresh Raina
Another 2011 World Cup winner who retired on August 15, 2020 was Suresh Raina. The left-handed batsman announced his retirement just a few minutes after MS Dhoni's post.
Raina played some vital cameos for the Indian cricket team during the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Sadly, he never got a place in the Indian team after the 2018 ODI series against England.
6. Best all-round performer from Indian 2011 World Cup squad: Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup. The Punjab-based all-rounder performed brilliantly in all three departments.
Singh was one of the reasons behind India's 2011 World Cup triumph. However, he announced his retirement after the selectors did not consider him for the World Cup in 2019.
5. Munaf Patel
Gujarat-based fast bowler Munaf Patel played his last international game soon after the 2011 Cricket World Cup. After winning the global event, he toured England.
During that tour, he played his last ODI and T20I matches. In the preceding tour of Windies, he had played his last Test. Munaf has retired now, and he recently played in Road Safety World Series.
4. Yusuf Pathan
Another India Legends player from the Road Safety World Series to be present on this list is Yusuf Pathan. Yusuf did not play all matches in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
However, he performed decently in the chances he received. Yusuf played his last ODI against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2012. He played his last T20I versus South Africa the same year.
3. Best bowler from Indian 2011 World Cup squad: Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan was the joint-leading wicket-taker in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The left-arm fast bowler bowled a dream first spell in the final match against Sri Lanka.
Injuries did not allow the left-arm pacer to play for a longer period. Khan played his last international match against New Zealand in the year 2014.
2. Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir was the highest run-getter in the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final for India. The left-handed batsman lost his place in the team before 2015 World Cup.
His last ODI appearance came in 2013. He made a comeback to the Test team in 2016, but Gambhir could not cement his place. Soon, he announced his retirement.
1. Virender Sehwag
Vice-captain of Indian 2011 World Cup squad: Virender Sehwag was the vice-captain of the Indian team in the 2011 World Cup. The right-handed opener scored a century in the first match.
He always aimed to hit first ball of the innings for a boundary. Sehwag played his last T20I in the 2012 T20 World Cup, while his last ODI appearance came against Pakistan in 2013. He called it a day on his career without a farewell.